Kentucky

Kentucky is the perfect road trip destination with unforgettable stories, undeniable beauty, and unusual culinary delights. The African American Heritage Trail, the Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, and the Bourbon Trail offer something for everyone as they road trip in the Bluegrass State.

African American Heritage Trail

Discover the untold and unforgettable stories of African Americans during slavery, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The itineraries are divided by Louisville & Surrounding Areas, Lexington and Surrounding Areas, and a Statewide Itinerary. Perfect for three- or five-day trips, the family-friendly tours promise to enrich any vacation with sites such as the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center and Rodewald’s May’s Lick Negro School.  For more information on the African American Heritage Trails, click here: https://www.unforgettableky.com

Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail

Explore the natural wonders and culinary delights on the State Park Culinary Trail. The state has been divided into nine diverse regions, each highlighting a specialty that is rooted deep in Kentucky’s history. If in the Bluegrass, Blues and Barbecue region, Pennyrile Forest State Park serves up some of the best burgoo and BBQ mutton in the state, or try the pork shoulder and local cheeses at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in the Caves, Lakes and Corvettes region. For more information on the State Pars Culinary Trail, click here: https://parks.ky.gov/dining/

The Bourbon Trail

The legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail road trip takes visitors to 16 signature distilleries at the helm of Kentucky’s world-famous Bourbon culture and to the 13 craft distilleries using innovative approaches to reimagine a timeless tradition. Travelers can learn the stories of America’s official spirit and experience the care and craftsmanship that go into each bottle. For more information on the Bourbon Trail, click here: https://kybourbontrail.com/

 

 

 

On the Water

As summer’s heat turns up, the water is the place to be. Travelers can take to the water on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip or a more leisurely evening aboard their houseboat. Either way, Kentucky’s waterways offer something for everyone.

  • Whitewater Rafting – This family-friendly whitewater rafting trip down Lower Russell Fork inspires a huge rush as rafts ride the tide of the fast-flowing water. This family-friendly excursion lasts two to three hours and creates exhilarating memories that last a lifetime.
  • Cumberland Falls Rainbow Mist Ride – Explorers get the incredible chance to come face-to-face with Cumberland Falls and feel the water’s power as it thunders above the boat. A quick trip from Cumberland Falls State Park, this family-friendly excursion is the perfect way to see the waterfall up close.
  • Sailing on Kentucky Lake – Offering the best sailing between the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes, Lighthouse Landing Marina’s four-day sailing lessons will delight the entire family as the boat glides across the fresh, blue water.
  • Lake Cumberland – Kentucky is the houseboat capital of the world, and there’s no better place to captain one’s own ship than Lake Cumberland. With thousands of private coves nestled amongst beautiful, lush foliage, this scenic lake covers over 63,000 acres with more than 1,200 miles of federally protected shoreline. Local Kentucky marinas offer houseboat rentals by the day, week or even longer and can assist visitors with customizing their dream boating vacation.

 

Explore the Land

With 46 state parks that showcase the area’s diverse natural offerings, Kentucky’s character is best learned through the land.

  • Mammoth Cave National Park – The largest cave system in the world has over 400 miles of underground passageways mapped and explored. Admission to the park is free and cave tours unveil the hidden world and stories of the underground caverns. Adventure in the caves is limitless, from hiking, canoeing and camping to ziplining and horseback riding.
  • Daniel Boone National Forest – Named for the legendary pioneer himself, the National Forest has a myriad of trails and campsites. The Double Arch Trail is not to be missed as it weaves through the hemlock forests below a sandstone cliff, ultimately leading to a breathtaking overlook of Courthouse Rock.
  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park – Home to the Natural Bridge, one of Kentucky’s geological treasures, the park offers challenging hikes such as Devil’s Gulch, Needle’s Eye and Battleship Rock that take hikers low through lush mountain valleys and high onto bare peaks.

 

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About Kentucky

Long known as the front porch to the South, Kentucky offers a world of outdoor adventures, vibrant arts scene, expansive distilleries and micro-breweries, and an explosive culinary scene. From legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America’s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Kentucky invites you to come and explore. For information, please visit www.kentuckytourism.com. Follow us on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram.

 

 

 

 

Kentucky is the perfect road trip destination with unforgettable stories, undeniable beauty, and unusual culinary delights. The African American Heritage Trail, the Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail, and the Bourbon Trail offer something for everyone as they road trip in the Bluegrass State.

African American Heritage Trail

Discover the untold and unforgettable stories of African Americans during slavery, the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The itineraries are divided by Louisville & Surrounding Areas, Lexington and Surrounding Areas, and a Statewide Itinerary. Perfect for three- or five-day trips, the family-friendly tours promise to enrich any vacation with sites such as the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center and Rosenwald’s May’s Lick Negro School.  For more information on the African American Heritage Trails, click here: https://www.unforgettableky.com

Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail

Explore the natural wonders and culinary delights on the State Park Culinary Trail. The state has been divided into nine diverse regions, each highlighting a specialty that is rooted deep in Kentucky’s history. If in the Bluegrass, Blues and Barbecue region, Pennyrile Forest State Park serves up some of the best burgoo and BBQ mutton in the state, or try the pork shoulder and local cheeses at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in the Caves, Lakes and Corvettes region. For more information on the State Pars Culinary Trail, click here: https://parks.ky.gov/dining/

The Bourbon Trail

The legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail road trip takes visitors to 16 signature distilleries at the helm of Kentucky’s world-famous Bourbon culture and to the 13 craft distilleries using innovative approaches to reimagine a timeless tradition. Travelers can learn the stories of America’s official spirit and experience the care and craftsmanship that go into each bottle. For more information on the Bourbon Trail, click here: https://kybourbontrail.com/

Horse Capital of the World

LEXINGTON – Visit the homes of our favorite four-legged animals. Horse Farm Tours are abundant.  There are about 450 horse farms in the region (about 150 in Lexington/Fayette County alone). They’re all working farms- which means you should never just “drop by” -but more than a few allow visitors by appointment or through arrangements with professional tour companies. Here are a few: Blue Grass Tours (859-252-5744); Horse Farm Tours, Inc. (859-268-2906); Unique Horse Farm Tours (859-3213=6653).

Home of the Corvette

BOWLING GREEN – A thriving university town with a progressive population helps drive Bowling Green’s ability to entertain. One visit will explain why Bowling Green is “Geared for fun!” The National Corvette Museum is 115,000 feet if display space showcasing more than 70 Corvettes including mint classics, prototypes, rare finds and racing champs.  There is a KidZone, a real C6 Corvette with the racing simulator, and an on-site cafe. Open daily 8-5. https://www.corvettemuseum.org/